CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 5th-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard.
What is an Eclipse?
The movement of celestial bodies are responsible for the lunar and solar eclipses we witness.
The Fox and the Horse
The Brothers Grimm
A fox helps a horse prove himself to his master.
Apollo and Hyacinthus
The classic myth involving the relationship between the god Apollo and a young man, Hyacinthus.
The History of the Cylinder Phonograph
The Library of Congress
Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonograph allowed people to record and replay sound for the first time.
A town takes part in an annual ritual called “the lottery.”
A family comes to realize how much they use and depend on the technology of their futuristic home.
The Star and the Lily
Hamilton Wright Mabie
A chieftain tells the story of how the lily was created.
All Summer in a Day
Margot’s beliefs are very different from those of her classmates on the planet Venus.
Lin-Manuel Miranda rose to fame by capturing the public’s attention using hip hop and his fresh approach to theatre.
Rosie the Riveter
Barrett Smith discusses the origins of Rosie the Riveter and the effect she has had on women in the United States.
TURMOIL IN CHINA; In Shanghai, Protesters Turn Defiant
Richard Bernstein discusses students’ protest of the Communist Party in Shanghai, China, in 1989.
Two best friends become competitors when they must fight each other in a boxing match.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Angela Lee Duckworth
Angela Lee Duckworth discusses the role that grit plays in success.
The Chicano Movement
This text describes the history, development, and lasting impact of the Chicano Movement in the United States
Excerpt from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A young boy feels out of place at his school.
Can We Cultivate Our Own Happiness?
Martin Seligman researches how people can be happier and has developed the field of “positive psychology.”
Plate Tectonics: Moving and Shaking
The movement of Earth’s plates has resulted in the planet’s natural wonders and disasters.
A Woman Who Went to Alaska
Mary Kellogg Sullivan
Mary Kellogg Sullivan discusses the experiences of miners searching for gold in the Klondike region.